Posted on: 09-10-2012 - Updated on: 09-27-2012
In this Wow macro guide, I’ll explain to you the syntax and proper usage for the #showtooltip macro command, what it does, how to write it, and how to incorporate it when making Wow macros. Its super easy to use #showtooltip and it really makes your macro functionality shine. It is very important that you always use the “?” icon when saving macros that utilize #showtooltip. If you don’t, you run the risk of your macro not showing the proper spell, object or item icon.
You can simply just type #showtooltip and nothing else and World of Warcraft UI will do most of the work for you. However, when working on complex and customized macros, you will need the additional functionality as shown below. First, the proper syntax for #showtooltip is:
#showtooltip [conditionals] thingtoshow; [conditionals] thingtoshow
Next, we’ll show you the different icons that #showtooltip macro will display manually and how you can set your own icons.
A spellname, like Flash of Light. The proper syntax for this is:
#showtooltip Flash of Light
An item name, like Big Ass Sword. The proper syntax for this is:
#showtooltip Big Ass Sword
An item in your backpacks in a specific location in a bag, like this will use an item in slot 4 of your backpack (bagid 0)
#showtooltip 0 4
Next, we’ll look at using conditionals with the #showtooltip macro command. You can use conditionals just like you can with /cast command. Here’s a look at the proper syntax for conditionals and the /cast command. Refer to that article for more tips.
In the following Wow macro example, we are telling the #showtooltip command to show the Big Ass Sword icon unless I hold down the shift button, then show Bright Ass Spell icon.
#showtooltip [nomod] Big Ass Sword; [mod:shift] Bright Ass Spell
Typically Wow does this for you, but there are times when you need complicated spells that you want to show specific icons and this is when explicit #showtooltip commands are important. Please comment below.